Lizzie’s War by Rosie Clarke
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Rosie Clarke is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia. She likes to read, watch good films on TV, and enjoys holidays in the sunshine, preferably Spain. One of her favorite things is to sit eating a leisurely meal in a wonderful Italian restaurant looking out over the Spanish sea and walking in the cool of the evening. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs. Writing her books is a passion for Rosie and she hopes that her readers get as much pleasure from reading her books as she does writing them.
Bio and photo courtesy of publisher’s website
Lizzie’s War Synopsis
LONDON 1940. Another gritty, heart-warming and wholesome drama. A gripping sequel to Lizzie’s Secret. Perfect for the fans of Katie Flynn and Nadine Dorries.
Against the devastating Blitz of London, normal life must continue for Lizzie Larch. With Sebastian returning to War, Lizzie, must, alone make a success of her business in order to survive and care for herself and her young child.
Silently, from the shadows, her secret enemy watches and waits, threatening to ruin Lizzie and everything she holds close.
Battling against shortages her hats become more popular, but what of the man she loves? Will he ever return?
What Lizzie knows now is that success can mean nothing without love.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Lizzie’s War Review
Finally after a few “meh” books we got a great one! Lizzie’s War tells the story of Lizzie and her time during World War II in London. While Lizzie’s War is a sequel to the novel Lizzie’s Secret, the author does a great job of bringing any new readers up to speed before jumping into where Lizzie currently is. I love when authors do this because it means that the reader can jump in at any point without having to go track down the other works if they choose not to. That being said, Ms. Clarke does a phenomenal job of introducing and growing the characters that it made me actually want to go back and read the first novel!
As for the story itself, Lizzie is a mother who just sent her guy off to fight in the War, meaning she’s now raising her child alone. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that. On top of that she now has to make a living providing for her child while being “stalked” by some mysterious person. While I personally don’t relate to either of these situations, I never felt disconnected from the character which is a great thing. Another thing that I liked about Ms. Clarke’s writing is that she never had Lizzie coming off as needing to felt sorry for. Yes Lizzie was going through all of these things but you never felt like she was just a “damsel in distress” character. Nor did you feel like she was a bullheaded character that was never going to have any setbacks.
Overall, Lizzie’s War is a great book that if you’re a fan of historical fiction you definitely need to pick up!
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